In the ongoing epic battle of John vs. John, John Malkovich has replaced John C. Reilly in Summit's big-screen adaptation of the WildStorm/DC Comic espionage thriller Red.
Malkovich fought Reilly valiantly to the death to join the all-star cast of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss, Mary Louise Parker and Brian Cox. Reilly will be greatly missed...
Ok, so no one died. But no reason is given for Reilly's departure. So forgive me if I added some "flavor" (lied.) As for those of you who are worried if this will conflict with Malkovich's possible involvement as The Vulture in Spider-man 4... fear not.
Adapted by Jon and Erich Hoeber, Red tells the tale of a former black ops agent Frank Moses (Willis), now in retirement, who has to contend with a younger, more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him. With his secret identity compromised and his love interest in danger, Frank must reassemble his old team to figure out who is out to get them.
The film will go into production this month in Toronto and Louisiana under the helm of Flight Plan and Time Traveler's Wife director Robert Schwentke. Red is set for a November 19th US release.